This hirado porcelain dancing monkey holds a fan in its left hand, and a miko-suzu, a Shinto ritual rattle made of small bells, in its right. The modeling of the face is very fine and when the moving head is leaned forward, the tongue comes out. The little monkey is made in homage to the ancient Japanese tradition of training monkeys to dance and perform. Between the innate healing capabilities of the monkey, and the spiritual value of the bells, this represents a powerful, if humorous, little figure. I believe that it is a 20th century piece.
2.5 inches tall (63 mm).